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CATHY

WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA?

Always put one foot in front of the other. There is no other option if you don’t want to get left behind. Develop a growth mindset with everything you do.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE FIGHTER/SPORTSPERSON AND WHY?

I have been inspired by a huge range of athletes. Each one has served a purpose during a particular time in my life. My favourite boxer is Mike Tyson, as I empathise with his tenacity, drive and determination and how he used his childhood traumas to give him inner strength throughout his career.

WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA?

Always put one foot in front of the other. There is no other option if you don’t want to get left behind. Develop a growth mindset with everything you do.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE FIGHTER/SPORTSPERSON AND WHY?

I have been inspired by a huge range of athletes. Each one has served a purpose during a particular time in my life. My favourite boxer is Mike Tyson, as I empathise with his tenacity, drive and determination and how he used his childhood traumas to give him inner strength throughout his career.

BIO

Cathy was in the vanguard of professional women’s boxing and is passionate about promoting equality and equity for women. After being only the second woman in the UK to receive a professional boxing licence in 1998, she spent ten years at the top of her professional field, winning English and European titles and becoming ranked number three in the World. Cathy encountered strong sexism outside the ring and battled against not being allowed to train in certain boxing gyms. Boxing promoters refused to put women on their shows, she never received sponsorships and had to work full time whilst competing at a high level. Moreover, she had no support from her family as they were embarrassed she had given up her career as a forensic photographer, and never came to watch her fight. Cathy’s background made her determined to launch and build a career in boxing. She suffered from low self-esteem, self-worth and confidence after being brought up by a family who adopted her from an orphanage and being in a two year physically and mentally abusive relationship, which when she was only 15, ended in rape. This gave her a strong drive to succeed and help other women and children through boxing.

When Cathy was forced to retire from boxing because of neural damage in her neck, she was struck by depression. This prompted her to study sports psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy to understand mental health more deeply. Thereby, she realised that boxing and therapy went hand in hand and experienced its powerful positive mental effects. She has developed a one-of-a-kind blend of boxing and therapy as a unique selling point to help other women and children become empowered. Cathy furthermore launched her own charity www.headguardcharity.com which is a huge part of the Box Centric ethos. Cathy also built up a successful boxing education company called Boxology® Academy. She runs academic standard courses, has written two books, and runs a thriving coaching and mentoring business to help empower others.